Hundreds Gather to Watch Hmong History Movie: Secret Wars
08/17/2007 (KFSN) -- Hundreds of Valley residents got the chance to see a new documentary about the history of the Hmong people and their contributions to American History.
General Vang Pao is one of the key figures in the movie called "Secret Wars." It documents the how the CIA recruited General Pao and the Hmong to fight a guerrilla war against the communists.
The Denver-based director says it's a history he never learned in school and he was surprised the information seemed to be disappearing completely. Rob G., Optimum Films, says, "Even my Hmong friends weren't getting this history from their parents. So, it felt like this is the right time to bridge that gap and fill in the blanks about what happened in other countries during the Vietnam War."
The film also addresses the immigration patterns of the Hmong people from Laos and Thailand. The BBC reports that even today, the Laotian Government is killing or imprisoning hundreds of Hmong christians, possibly for their assumed connections to General Pao.
The General is out on bail right now, staying in Orange County while he awaits a trial on terrorism charges. He's accused of leading a plot to overthrow the Laotian Government. You can get the whole story here including court documents and evidence such as the alleged coup plan.
You can get more information about the movie by visiting http://www.secretwarsmovie.com
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